Local NativesLast weekend I went to city festival Gathering in Oxford. I wasn't really expecting that much as it was only the second year it's been put on, but I was pleasantly surprised and definitely put in my place when I saw how well run it was and the great musicians that played there.
With 7 stages split over 6 intimate venues, you were always up close and personal with any band you went to see and that element really did make it a special event to attend, and you can see why it has been shortlisted for 'Best New Festival' and 'Best Metropolitan Festival' at the UK Festival Awards.
My favourite stage had to be the East Oxford Community Centre, which had a great mix of eclectic bands and singer-songwriters. We saw my boyfriend's friend perform there under his stage name D/C and it was pretty special, a beautiful mix of personal songs and standout covers. Another great band was Oxford locals Candy Says, who got the crowd dancing (especially some crazy kids right at the front!).
And of course the two headline acts - London Grammar and Local Natives, really made the festival one you didn't want to miss. London Grammar was a one in one out affair and Local Natives put on a great show with old album classics and new album favourites.
I'll be heading back to this perfect autumnal festival next year for sure!
p.s. links to festivals & bands at the bottom of the page :)